Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren is telling Christians that they should “personalize” scripture by inserting themselves into certain biblical passages.
In an entry found on Rick Warren’s Daily Hope website published Sunday, Warren wrote a meditation centered on the Bible verse Philippians 1:6.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns,” reads the verse, as rendered by the New Living Translation, Second Edition.
Warren stated that “God’s Word will never change your life until you let it become personal” and advised using what he called the “personalize-it method of Bible meditation.”
“You simply put your name in the place of pronouns or nouns in Scripture. For example, if I were personalizing John 3:16, I’d write something like this: ‘For God so loved Rick, he gave his one and only Son so that Rick would not perish but have everlasting life’,” wrote Warren.
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